Degradability

In addition to many technical growing advantages of the Growcoon, one of the unique properties of the Growcoon is that the plug is biodegradable. Frequently questions are asked about this degradability. The answers to these questions can be found on this page.
 

Is the Growcoon biodegradable?
Yes, the Growcoon is biodegradable. When in contact with substrate, the Growcoon is biologically decomposed by micro-organisms, such as bacteria and mould. The speed of this decomposition process is influenced by the temperature, humidity and the pH value of the substrate. During the decomposition process, the Growcoon is converted entirely into CO2 and H2O.
The visual decomposition, the moment at which the Growcoon discernibly degrades, depends very much on the surrounding environmental factors of the Growcoon.

OK Compost
Maan BioBased Products has officially been awarded the Industrial Composting certificate for the Growcoon. This certificate proves that, in compost, the Growcoon is converted entirely into CO2 and H2O. To qualify, Maan BioBased Products had to successfully complete a Toxicity test, the Heavy Metal test and the Disintegration test.
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How long is the Growcoon's shelf-life?
The rate of decomposition of the Growcoon depends very much on the temperature, humidity and pH value of the substrate. It is therefore impossible to indicate beforehand exactly how long a Growcoon will last. Furthermore, there are many interpretations and expectations regarding the degradability and decomposition period. We therefore refer to the visual decomposition, functional life and total disintegration period.
Visual decomposition: The moment at which the Growcoon discernibly degrades.
Functional shelf-life: The time period during which the Growcoon can be handled (in an automated process) without loss of primary functions.
Disintegration period: The time period required by the Growcoon to disintegrate to such a degree that there is no longer any structure in the product.
 
Does the disintegration of the Growcoon have an effect on the development of the crop?
No, the Growcoon and the disintegration process of the Growcoon do not have any negative effect on the development of the crop.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPOSITION OF GROWCOON; OK COMPOST CERTIFICATION
 
After losing its primary function, can the Growcoon be processed together with the substrate (composted)?
Yes, the Growcoon can be processed as compost.
 
Do you have any questions regarding disintegration and certification? Then contact us.
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